Friday, December 4, 2009

Ben Bernanke's re-nomination

US Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) grills Ben Bernanke in testimony for the Fed Chairman's re-appointment.

"Under Mr. Bernanke's leadership, the Fed has lent several trillion dollars to failing financial institutions that should have been held accountable by market forces. The total amount of these bailouts exceeds the entire annual budget of the United States. Yet the public has not been given adequate information about these bailouts. In fact, Mr. Bernanke has the led the fight against bipartisan legislation in the House and the Senate to require a full audit of the Fed so Americans know what has taken place and what mistakes have been made.

"Mr. Bernanke's failures extend beyond what critics like me of an overly powerful Fed have cited. He's even failed his own standards. During his first confirmation hearing before the Senate in 2005, Mr. Bernanke outlined what he believed were the responsibilities of the Fed. On virtually every one, whether is was containing systemic risk, promoting the soundness of our banking system, or conducting monetary policy in a way that maximized employment, Mr. Bernanke has failed. We've seen systemic risk in our financial system like never before, the soundness of our banking system has been shaken to its core, and unemployment is now over ten percent," said Senator DeMint.

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